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Ireland’s Soils Need Your Help 

Soil is one of the most valuable and precious natural resources on the planet. We depend on soil for healthy food, clean water, storing carbon, preventing floods, and ultimately supporting all life. Without healthy soils, life on earth as we know it would cease to exist.

It takes thousands of years to form just a few inches of topsoil. Soil is essentially non-renewable and yet we’re plundering it. We need a serious conservation effort.

Yet, despite its incredible importance, our soils are not protected. Over the last half century, Ireland’s soils have come under increasing threat from pesticides, afforestation, land use changes, over-farming, erosion and overgrazing, industry and urbanisation.

While there are EU laws in place to protect our air, our water and our natural habitats, unbelievably, there are no such laws to protect our soil. People4Soil wants to change this. 

What We are Calling For

We are calling on the European Commission to pass a Soil Directive which would safeguard Irish and European soils. We are doing this using a European Citizen’s Initiative petition – the official way for ordinary Europeans to call on the European Commission to act on the things citizens care about.

Crucially,  Ireland needs 8,250 signatures (1 million in total from seven different EU States) in order for the petition to be considered. If we care about safeguarding our future and that of our children, we need every single one of us to sign. citizenspeople4soil_logo  


“Each and every one of us totally depends on the four or five inches of topsoil around the globe for our very existence. Remember if we don’t have rich fertile soil, we won’t have good food and we won’t have clean water” – Darina Allen Ballymaloe Cookery School

 

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